As an animal rights activist, one of the most annoying arguments I get is; “What if plants feel pain?”


This has got to me the most ridiculous excuse I have ever heard not only for being against animal rights, but also for being against being a vegetarian.   The morons who try to argue this point are really trying to make some lame excuse for continuing to eat a corpse.   These same people will probably say; “I am an environmentalist”, while eating a Big Mac at the same time.


Let me school you.


Animal rights aren’t just about pain. There are animals out there that feel little to no pain-sponges I’m looking at you-so that argument is often invalid. In fact, if we go by pain that would mean we could kill and eat quadriplegics and people suffering from ahidrosis (congenital insensitivity to pain). Also, to bring up the pain argument actually negates from the fact that most non-human animals do feel pain, because by comparing them to plants we are trying to downplay that fact.   We are ignoring that we too are animals, and our brethren are suffering because of us. Animal rights are about suffering, whether it is painful or not.


Let’s say for sake of argument that plants do feel pain. The research shows that they will try to protect themselves, for example by secreting poison to stop a caterpillar from chewing their leaves, but there is no real proof they actually feel pain.   However, if they did this would still be no reason to torture animals. It would be no reason to eat them, wear them, experiment on them, or use them for entertainment.


If you really care about the environment, if you really care about plants, than going vegetarian is the best route you can take. The fight for animal rights is something you should support.  There is no doubt that factory farming is linked with pollution and deforestation. It causes all living things to suffer; animals, plants, protists, bacteria, fungi, and viruses all suffer because of human addiction to meat. All of the biological kingdoms are a part of what keeps the Earth in balance.

Author: Stacie M Stark

Activist with 25 years of experience in human and animal rights and welfare. Specializing in children's rights and issues, LGBT rights, and companion animal welfare and rights. Member and always will be of Amnesty International, Best Friends Animal Society, and PETA. Mom, queer, vegetarian. Hello Kitty and Disney Princess collector. Cat lover. Sagwa fan. I want to live at the public library.


  1. They aren’t sentient beings. This has been proven time and again by peer reviewed, long term, scientific studies.

    Also, for less cruelty go beyond vegetarianism. The meat and egg industries are some of the cruelest known to man. Not just to animals, but man kind as well. The effects these products have on cancer and heart disease is well known and well documented.

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